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Our Philadelphia criminal lawyers have over 25 years
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SKA Law is a premier, Philadelphia criminal defense law firm, founded by professional criminal attorneys. We take on cases other law firms turn down, because we know how to fight – and when to negotiate. Our goal is to get you the best outcome possible. No fluff. No nonsense. Our focus is results.

Criminal Lawyers

Fewer Clients. Better Service And Results

SKA Law takes on fewer clients than other firms – it’s because we believe that taking on fewer clients means we can provide more service, and better results.

25 Years Of Legal Practice

Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice. Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys have been recognized by the top lawyer ranking services.

24/7 Customer Service

Our Philadelphia criminal attorneys are available 24/7- regardless of the holiday, or time of week. We are always available to help you.

Concierge Service

We take on fewer clients than other firms. Each client works 1:1 on with one of our senior attorneys.

Criminal Attorneys Philadelphia

We Protect Your Freedom And Your Future.

At the law offices of Amato T Sanita, Esq, this is more than just a slogan – it’s our philosophy, and belief. Our goal is to protect your freedom, and to ensure your future is protected. By working with our firm, you get legal representation when you need it the most for your criminal case in Philadelphia. We understand that dealing with the criminal system is overwhelming – the consequences cannot be underestimated. Regardless of whether it’s a small misdemeanor, or a severe federal crime, you need to understand the legal process – how it impacts you – and a Philadelphia criminal defense attorney, who will work for you. Our Philadelphia criminal lawyers treat each case as it’s own unique situation, and work hard to uncover evidence that will get you the best possible outcome. Founding partner Amato Sanita, understands that you’re very concerned about possible sentences, and issues in the future you might face. There are many aspects to a criminal defense case. Our goal is to show the court you didn’t commit the crime and/or don’t deserve the maximum sentence for the crime you’re accused of committing. Regardless of whether it’s a drug offense, assault charge, or bank fraud, our Philadelphia criminal lawyers work tirelessly to represent your interests in court.

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Our firm has over 25 years of combined legal practice – handling some of the toughest cases in the country.

25 YEARS

CASE DISMISSED

Statutory Sexual Assault

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Aggravated Indecent Assault

Serious Bodily Injured

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Harassment

FACED 3 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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False Imprisonment

15 YEARS IN PRISON

Aggravated Assault can be charged against someone if they cause or attempt to cause “serious bodily injury” to another person. Serious bodily injury within Pennsylvania is defined as injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes serious, permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ (18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 2301). If convicted of Aggravated Assault, the crime is graded as a felony in the first degree.

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Burglary Lawyers

Johnny’s neighbor left for a week in the Bahamas. Johnny knew that his neighbors recently purchased a new entertainment system: a T.V., the latest play station, and speakers. In the middle of the night, he drove his old truck to the neighbor’s house and walked around the perimeter in search of an easy entrance. As luck would have it, the backdoor was unlocked! He slowly turned the doorknob, opened the door, and flipped a light switch. He walked through the house, room-to-room, in search of any other items that he may want to take. When he entered a guest bedroom, a woman screamed. Startled, Johnny struggled to run out of the house when he fell and hit his head. The woman, a hired house sitter, called the police, and Johnny was charged with burglary.

Burglary Defined

There are two parts to the crime of burglary:

1. Unlawful entrance into any portion of a building or occupied structure at any time, day or night; and
2. Intent to commit a crime.

Contrary to popular understanding, burglary does not require actual theft or another criminal act but only the intent to commit a crime. The intent to commit a crime can happen before or after entrance into the building. For example, if Johnny unlawfully enters the neighbor’s house on a dare or youthful curiosity but then decides to steal some items, he is committing burglary.

Burglary also does not require any physical breaking and entering but mere unlawful entrance. For example, even though Johnny entered through an unlocked backdoor, he still entered unlawfully. This unlawful entrance and his intent to commit a crime, or theft in his case, qualify as a burglary.

Conspiracy

Conspiracy to commit a burglary occurs when two or more people agree to commit a crime or aid the commission of the crime or agree to solicit someone else to commit the crime. If there are five conspirators to the same crime, only one felony charge will be made. Therefore, all parties to the same event are charged the same regardless of their respective roles.

Let’s assume that David, Johnny’s friend, was the one who told Johnny about the neighbor’s new entertainment system and provided Johnny with the truck for hauling the stolen goods. Because he aided and helped plan the burglary, David is a conspirator. Even though David’s participation was minimal, he will be charged with the same felony grade (e.g. first-degree felony) as Johnny.

Defenses

If an individual is charged with burglary, there are several possible defenses depending on the facts of the case.

1. The building is abandoned.

An abandoned building is one that is forsaken and deserted.

2. The building is open to the public.

If the individual entered a public building during its hours of operation, then he has lawfully entered the building.

3. No intent to commit a crime.

If the individual unlawfully entered a building but had no intent to commit a crime, then he has not committed a burglary but may be charged with trespassing.

4. Consent by owner to enter the property.

If the individual had the owner’s permission to enter the property or otherwise had a license to enter, then no burglary was committed.

Sentencing

There are several factors that affect sentencing for burglary: for example, was the building an accommodation for overnight stay (e.g. a house) and was an innocent person also present? In Johnny’s case, he burglarized a home when an innocent person was present. This is a first-degree felony, and he could be incarcerated for up to 20 years and fined a maximum of $25,000. If the building was not equipped for overnight accommodation (e.g. a store) and no innocent party was present, then a second-degree felony was committed and the perpetrator can be incarcerated for up to ten years and fined a maximum amount of ,000.

Legal Counsel

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help with possible defenses, proper analysis of evidence, and access to expert witnesses when needed. Contact an attorney if you are faced with burglary charges.

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Firearm Carried W/O License

Montgomery 12/2016

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